Review: Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in "Quickie"

When I buy new blush, I almost always immediately go back to my tried and true "peony" blush by Bobbi Brown.  So you know when I try a new blush and wear it every single day for more than a week---that I really love it.

I'm talking about the Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint. I got the color "Quickie" which is a bright pink color that gives a perfect flush to the cheeks. I apply it with a Sigma blush brush just to the apples of the cheeks over my NARS Laguna bronzer.

I took these photos after work because I wanted to show you how long the blush lasts because upon reading other reviews, a lot of people complained that the blush didn't last long.  I don't find this to be the case at all. I applied this blush at about 6 a.m. (I had an earlier start to my morning this Monday) and this is how it looked when I got home at 6 p.m.:


My cheeks are still pink and pretty, even though my skin is totally oily!  It's getting a lot warmer here now and by the end of the day my skin can be a little oily if I don't blot----but for the sake of this review, I wanted to show photos of how it looks after a day of wear.  I was in and out of the office today filming a video at various locations so I was outside more than usual. I definitely recommend this blush. It's easy to apply and the color is beautiful. I will make a note to take photos of it when I first apply it because it's more of a bright pink in the morning and a little brighter.

Speaking of awesome Urban Decay products---here are my eyelids after an entire day of wear after using the holy grail Urban Decay Primer Potion:

Can you say perfectly matte!?  This product is a must-have. Yes, I know my eyebrows look unruly! Time for a little trim.

Have you tried the UD afterglow cream blushes?  Let me know!

xoxo,

Veronika.

Weekend Shopping: MAC & Sephora

Today consisted of yet another uninspiring shopping trip. I'm really starting to wonder why I even bother anymore.

Shopping used to be fun and inspiring and exciting and lately it's been sad, disappointing and just plain dull.  I'm still crossing my fingers that it's all because we're still in between seasons, because if this is what I have to look forward to, then my savings account is going to quadruple this spring/summer.

I haven't been to Forever 21 in months. MONTHS. So I decided to go to a mall that had one today and it was the most awful shopping experience I've ever had there, everThe entire left side of the store was various items that had stripes on them.  Seriously. A quarter of the store was stripes. Thin stripes, thick stripes, black and white stripes and colored stripes. Just horizontal freaking stripes everywhere. I wanted to cry. Now, don't get me wrong, I love stripe, but for the love of God they could have changed the name of the store from "Forever 21" to "Shop here if you heart stripes!!!!!!!"

UGH.  So then I checked out a few more stores and they too, were uninspiring.  So, I obviously didn't buy any clothing or accessories, but I did have a purpose to my mall trip.  I had somehow run extremely low on all of the makeup I use on a daily basis, all at the same time, which almost never happens.

So, I visited Sephora and MAC to pick up my essentials.

SELF-ESTEEM BOOST ALERT!: While at MAC, one of the male makeup artists came up to me and told me my makeup looked gorgeous and that I did "such a great job applying it." Thank you, awesome guy at MAC, for making my day!

Here's what I got:

From MAC:  Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (C3); Studio Finish Concealer (NC20)

From SephoraNARS Laguna Bronzer; Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder; Philosophy Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads

The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is a new one for me and I bought it solely based on Giuliana Rancic's recent i-Village interview where she said it was one of her favorite products. She always has such pretty skin so I trust her recommendations. You can read about her other fave products here. Doesn't she just always look glow-y? I love it.

I still love my YSL touche eclat highlight pen but any eye brightening products are pretty much obsession-level for me, so I love to try new ones. I also love the Benefit Eye Bright pencil and will continue to use it in collaboration with other products.

...and, before I go, a story about good karma:

After I left Sephora today and shopped around for a bit, I had the sudden urge to look at my receipt.  I realized that the total on my bill was only $60 and that I had not been charged the $33 for my NARS Laguna bronzer.  I couldn't believe it.  I went back to the store and paid for it, and the girl who rang me out was really sweet and appreciative and was kind of stunned I came back.  I mean, it's not like I got a free chocolate bar! I would have felt too guilty using the product knowing that I hadn't paid for it, even if it wasn't my fault.  So, hopefully good things will be coming my way (and by good things, I mean I hope I win the lottery I stop eating Thin Mints.)

Happy weekend ladies!

xoxo,

Veronika.

Looks I'm Loving Lately

The other day, someone asked me on my formspring page how to get out of a style rut. Believe me, I've been there.  In my last year of my post-grad program, I recall feeling very lost, style-wise.  I had no idea what I wanted to look like or what I should wear or what I liked. I basically spent the year in LuluLemon pants, UGG boots, hoodies, jeans, cardigans...let's just say I was comfortable and cute, but it wasn't the look I wanted to stick with, especially when I started to work full-time.

When I'm feeling uninspired (which I have been lately, since I've been sportin' all black, all the timeI turn to celebrities to inspire me. It could be their hair, makeup, outfit, sunglasses, handbag---something just excites me about certain looks. I always save the photos so I can look back on them when I'm in a rut---and so I can share them with you lovely ladies!
Here are the looks I'm loving lately:


Winter may be long-gone here in Texas, but in many parts of the country, stylish gals are still feelin' the chill.  I love Blake Lively's outfits above. Chic, warm, pretty.

Following in Blake's footsteps, VS model Alessandra Ambrosio looks gorgeous in a
layered look. I love the softness that the scarf adds to the ensemble.

OMG.  Are you obsessed with this hair color? So am I. When I saw this gorgeous, highlighted look, I almost ran to the salon to get the exact same color. But then I remembered how traumatizing that would be. With her natural color and her skin coloring, her hair color is just stunning.  LOVE. Chrissy Teigen is just gorgeous!

You know who's stylish and often doesn't get the cred she deserves? Sandra Bullock. She's always effortlessly chic and put together.

Camilla Belle was never on my radar before---but then I saw these photos and holy smokes, she's smokin'!  I just love her overall look---and pretty hair and makeup. She polished without being overdone. Me likey. Okay, so maybe in the first photo she's a little more dramatically made-up, but she carries it very well.

I don't think it's possible for me to do one of these posts without giving some love to Miss Cheryl Cole. No words needed.


I also can't do a post without mentioning my fitness inspiration, model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker.  I love her because she's fit,
but also looks like she eats a Thin Mint every once in awhile.
Or maybe I'm just saying that because that's what I'M doing right now...


Proving that the ombre hair trend is here to stay, Hilary Duff stepped out of the salon with newly brunette locks---with an ombre effect that's oh-so-pretty. I actually much prefer this to when she was blonde and had the ombre look. This looks softer and less...dirty blonde.


Maria Menunos can really do no wrong (okay, except for the red boots.)  She is extremely attractive, has amazing, shiny, bouncy hair and great style...I just love her.

Girl of the moment? Minka Kelly. Gorgeous, glowing skin and a beautiful smile---and is that---OMBRE HAIR I see in the second pic? I love it.  I'm actually thinking of getting some of my blonde highlights that I had put in switched to a warmer but still light brown, kind of like hers.  Switch it up a little.

I've been obsessed with this gal lately---Odette Yustman.  Isn't she gorgeous? It looks like she's also got some ombre going on. And nude heels---love them!

Looks like Marissa Miller knows how elongating nude heels are too---here she is looking gorgeous as always.  Okay, so maybe she's my fitness inspiration too!

LeAnn Rimes isn't a popular lady on this blog, but I love her all-black outfit (looks like she's shopping my closet!) and those super-high, nude colored sandals. 
I think she looks very chic.

FUN STORY ALERT!!!!!!!
When my H and I were flying back from Toronto awhile ago, we had a connecting flight in North Carolina.  Guess who was on our flight?  Robert Buckley and Shantel VanSanten.  At the time, I didn't know who she was because the season hadn't started (yes, I watch OTH) but they were definitely dating and they are also lovers on the show. How sweet.  She is gorgeous and I swear she's gotten prettier with ever episode. BTW, as we were passing them at the airport to get a Starbucks or something, I looked at Mr. Buckley and gave him my best "I know who you are, but I'm not going to bother you" type of smile, and I think it worked, because he gave me the "thanks for not being a crazy super-fan smile." Nice.


 Lastly, Kate Bosworth. I like her, always have.  She's just got such a pretty look and I love her sweet and subtle makeup here. Pretty.


Who's been inspiring your style lately? Share with me in the comments below!

xoxo,

Veronika.

(all photos from: www.justjared.buzznet.com and http://www.thevoguediaries.com/)

OOTD (Monday): "That Dress"

Every time I post this dress, I'm reminded of how much I love it. I love the fuller skirt, light yet structured cotton fabric and the buttons that to all the way down the front of the dress (and the fact that I also own it in white.)

I can't believe just two weeks ago I was wearing tights and it was below freezing in Houston and Monday it was 78 degrees.  Definitely a no tights day! Of course I felt the need to self tan and shave my legs.  I can't be lazy about that anymore (darn!)

Dress- Club Monaco
Cardigan- White House, Black Market
Belt- J. Crew
Shoes- Steve Madden RUSSHH
xoxo,

Veronika.

Obsessed With: Urban Decay Primer Potion

Most of you know I'm not a big believer in primers and what they do for the skin.  I have tried many brands of skin primers and I never liked how my makeup looked when I used them (though, to be fair, I use powder foundation and that might be part of the reason.)

I have heard countless raves about Urban Decay Primer Potion (or UDPP) from YouTube beauty gurus and bloggers alike.  No matter what anyone said about how great it was, I put it on my "products not for me" list and went on with my primer-less life.

I do wear eyeshadow daily, but I just lightly sweep MAC's "blanc type" over my lid and that's that. No blending, no multiple colors, no crease definition.  I didn't see myself as a candidate for eyeshadow primer.

Something that's always bothered me is that usually by mid day and definitely towards the end of the day, my eyelids get greasy. Not like disgustingly greasy or anything, but enough to notice creases in my shadow and enough to rob my lids of their once matte look.

I thought oily lids were just something you had to deal with...what I didn't know was that the UDPP eliminates them completely.  Yes, I said eliminates them. Completely.
One morning, I woke up and said to myself "well, I have a sample of this stuff, I might as well try it."  I proceeded to, for the rest of the day, touch my eyelids every few hours and be in awe of how matte they looked AND felt and how there was no grease to be seen. Not even at night before bed when I washed my makeup off. Just no grease, ever.

I just couldn't believe it. I convinced myself it must have been a fluke.  But then, I finished up the sample and had perfectly matte lids for days. 

I finally bought my own tube of this favorite and I'll never look back. Everyone needs this product, especially if you want lasting power and matte lids.  I am thrilled to have discovered its greatness before the summer months where the humidity and heat make shadow practically melt off.

Thank you, Urban Decay, for making this amazing product--- that actually does what it says it will.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Veronika.
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